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Five reasons to watch “Junebug”


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“Junebug” is a movie that is hard to forget. Stellar performances, unforgettable charcaters, and emotional story lines make a for a film that sticks with you. The movie follows Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz), a sophisticated Chicagoan who owns a gallery devoted to “outsider art,” as she travels south in an effort to woo an eccentric painter (Frank Hoyt Taylor) to her gallery. She brings along her husband, George (Alessandro Nivola), a native of the area, who seizes the opportunity to introduce his wife to his family. Peg (Celia Weston), George’s mother, gives Madeleine a rather chilly greeting, while his father, Eugene (Scott Wilson), is a bit more welcoming, in his quiet way. George’s younger brother, Johnny (Ben McKenzie), is still living at home with his very pregnant wife, Ashley (Amy Adams), who is immediately smitten with her “new sister.” While the plot is fairly simple, we can give you five good reasons to watch “Junebug” at 10:30 a.m. ET:

1. Amy Adams

While Amy Adams is now an A-list celebrity with top billing in movies like “Enchanted,” “The Fighter,” and “The Muppets,” when she was cast as the very pregnant Ashley, she was relatively unknown. Her heart-wrenching performance as a naive young wife stole the movie and she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In this film, Adams showed an undeniable star quality that Hollywood soon tapped into.

2. Ben McKenzie

McKenzie was a teen heartthrob for his role on “The OC,” but this role as Adams knucklehead husband with a heart helped prove he was much more than a pretty face. After his understated yet powerful portrayal of Johnny, McKenzie went on to star in the acclaimed cop drama “Southland.”

3. Embeth Davidtz

While some of us may recognize Davidtz from a little movie called “Army of Darkness,” or perhaps as Mary Crawford in “Mansfield Park,” Davidtz really comes into her own as a worldly and sophisticated art dealer dropped into the world of her husband’s home town and in-laws.

4. Will Oldham

The singer also known as Palace, Palace Songs, Bonnie Prince Billy and more earns an acting merit badge for his small role in this film. The performer is known for his strange, awkward and detached concerts, which translates perfectly into this role. Here he is performing live in Copenhagen:

5. Yo La Tengo

New Jersey’s finest critical darling of a band provide much of the soundtrack to “Junebug.” The group’s dreamy songs add a layer of soothing sounds to even the most emotionally challenging scenes.

“Junebug” airs on IFC at 10:30 a.m. ET

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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